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The Open Goldberg Project Presents Pianist Kimiko Ishizaka on Tour Through Europe and the US

August 12, 2013 | By Isabelle
The remarkable pianist Kimiko Ishizaka will perform Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier in a twelve-concert tour. The first concert will take place at the Beethovenfest Bonn in Germany (Sep 24th), from there Ms. Ishizaka will go on to perform in Prague, Czech Republic (Sep 25th & 26th), Munich (Sep 30th), Vienna, Austria (Oct 2nd), Hamburg, Germany (Oct 12th) and again in Bonn (Oct 18th), and Ruiselede, Belgium (Oct 20th). Ms. Ishizaka’s North American dates will take her to Ann Arbor, MI (Oct 23rd); the Pianoforte Foundation in Chicago, IL (Oct 26th), Pittsboro, NC (Nov 3rd), and the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (Nov 6th).

When Ms. Ishizaka performed Book One of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier in New York at the WMP Concert Hall, the New York Times’s long-time classical music editor James R. Oestreich characterized her as "a gifted and obviously devoted Bachian” (September 25, 2012).

Highlights of the tour will be Ms. Ishizaka’s piano selection in front of a live audience at Vienna’s Bösendorfer Factory for her upcoming recording of the Well-Tempered Clavier in Berlin’s Teldex Studios in spring 2014, a concert and panel about open source music publishing at the GRIN Verlag in Munich, Germany, and a performance at the Manifold Recording Studios in Pittsboro, NC in front of a small selected audience in a salon- like setting inspired by the 19th century salons of Europe.

After the successful crowd-funding of her previous recording project, the Open Goldberg Variations, via Kickstarter, Ms. Ishizaka is now raising funds for her “Twelve Tones Tour.” The fundraising project will run until August 25th online at http://kck.st/12tones. Each of the twelve concerts in Ms. Ishizaka’s tour will also be recorded and broadcasted live over Google Hangouts at http://kck.st/12hangouts.

Kimiko Ishizaka received worldwide attention and recognition in 2012 for her innovative recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Ms. Ishizaka, wanting to make Bach accessible to as many people as possible, released the recording directly into the public domain, making her playing available to all via the internet. Praise for this Kickstarter-funded project was unanimous: “Ishizaka's interpretation is characterised by straightforward musicianship, immaculate technical aplomb, and a warm, beautifully modulated sonority. Counterpoint passes back and forth between the hands in a conversational and judiciously balanced manner, while a strong lyrical impulse informs the cross-handed variations' rapid, bravura passages.” – Jed Distler, Gramophone

“She has the fleet fingers to speed through the virtuoso variations with compelling clarity and the sensitivity to probe the dramatic potential of the slower, more profound numbers, pleasurably aided by her consistently lovely tone. “ - Robert Schulslaper, Fanfare Magazine Born to German-Japanese parents in Bonn, Germany, Ms. Ishizaka began her piano studies at the age of four, first with her mother, and then with Professor Roswitha Gediga-Glombitza at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. Further instruction came from Prof. Peter Feuchtwanger, Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, the Alban Berg Quartet, and the Amadeus Quartet.

Website: www.kimiko-piano.com

Twitter: @kimikoishizaka

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Kimiko.Ishizaka.Pianist

Kickstarter: http://kck.st/12tones

Google Hangout: http://kck.st/12hangouts

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